Our reference staff can sometimes seem like historical detectives, searching for clues to figure out mysteries that the public needs help with. This is one of those times.
A glimpse into History Nebraska's own past! This photo shows three men working in our Archeology Lab in 1935.
The 1874 state fair in Omaha was supposed to be a chance for Nebraska to show off its agricultural potential. A massive swarm of Rocky Mountain locusts had different plans.
Our Historical Markers across Nebraska highlight fascinating moments and places in our state's past.
Today we focus on a site near Scotia, Nebraska once called Happy Jack's Peak that later became a chalk mine that helped pioneers build their homes.
Nebraska's women artists that were active between 1880 and 1950 left a huge legacy, but you might not know that at first glance.
Doing laundry now is unpleasant on the best of days. This 1905 Otoe County laundry day looks especially rough.
This curious object is the Thermator fireless cooker, and it was manufactured right here in Nebraska.
Fireless cookers were popular in the early 20th century, and slowly cook food using less fuel. Food was heated in pots on a stove or fire, and placed in the fireless cooker. Soapstone or metal heating plates were also heated and placed under and over the pots. The cooker was tightly closed to retain the heat and not reopened until the food was presumed cooked. Recipe books gave general guidelines for cooking times.
Over the years, Nebraska has been "number one" in a lot of categories. We've had the nation's highest-rated football team, we've produced more popcorn than anyone else, we've had more school districts, and our state boasts the largest stabilized sand dune formation in the western hemisphere.
Our Historical Markers across Nebraska highlight fascinating moments and places in our state's past. Today we focus on Victor Colson's homestead in Oakland, Nebraska. Colson and his family are said to have broken the first sod in Oakland in 1867.
According to the Fremont Tri-Weekly, the winter of 1867 was especially warm. The children were barefoot in January and a moneymaking scheme melted away.